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"American Idol" Elimination: So Long, Stephanie

"American Idol" Elimination: So Long, Stephanie

Well, my snap-judgment pick to win "American Idol" is gone in the second round of the finals. Oops. Stephanie got the boot on Wednesday after a couple of weeks of lackluster performances that never quite got back to the bar she set for herself in the first week.

Her elimination wasn't a surprise, but I was shocked about who joined her in the bottom two: Timberfake! I guess I was wrong when I said Chris would get new fans after Tuesday's performance. Maybe the boy-band voting base isn't as strong as we think. Or maybe everyone was just so sure he'd be safe this week that they devoted their votes to someone else. Either way, his fan base better step it up, or he might be exiting "Idol" before Sanjaya. And I'm not Chris' biggest fan or anything, but that would really be a shame.

For more thoughts about Wednesday's show,

  • Nice that they mixed things up by having a bottom two instead of a bottom three, but it was hilarious to watch all the contestants trying to do the math after the third group of three was told to sit down. "Wait, so there are 11 of us ... and nine of us are safe ... wuh-huh?"
  • Peter Noone is pretty much a big muppet, isn't he? As far as I could tell, his "dance" consisted of the moves from "I'm a Little Teapot." On the other hand, I love me some Lulu. Someone should give her a talk show. I'd watch.
  • There was no group sing on Wednesday! How did that happen? The Ford pimpomercial, meanwhile, was set in a laundromat, with Melinda doing some pretty impressive gymnastics across the tops of some washing machines.
  • What was the deal with the person in the audience holding a sign that read "Clay Aiken hurt me" with a frowny face drawn on?
  • Hey Fox: Stop putting stars from your other shows on "Idol." That said, watching Brad Garrett on contestants' row was pretty amusing, especially when Seacrest kicked him off and he shrugged away from Blake's consoling pat on the shoulder.
  • The "Idol" challenge was about which Idol just got cast in The Color Purple on Broadway. Hm, it wouldn't be the one who appeared on the show to promote said musical just a couple of weeks ago, would it?
  • 30 million votes were cast this week, up a couple of million from last week.
  • Has Seacrest said "Seacrest out" a single time this season? I think he's ditched his catchphrase.
  • Photo courtesy of Fox

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i was on the verge of tears when Chris was put in the bottom 2! :-( he's not gonna win tho, wich is sad, cuz hes jus SOOOOOOOO HOT! ;-)
tania tania 10 years
what?!?!?! I haven't watched in a couple of weeks, but I could have sworn that Sanjaya would be gone by now. All of the people getting voted off right now are so much more talented than him!
nikkih nikkih 10 years
Sanjaya should have gone for sure. Steph was better, but her performance was not memorable (so sad!). Phil is a bit scary looking.
beautifulonyx beautifulonyx 10 years
American Idol really needs to get it together. America is obviously not voting according to talent! It's ridiculous that Sanjaya is outliving the other contestants. Enough is enough!!! They need to reconsider the entire concept if this continues.
WeirdTxchick WeirdTxchick 10 years
i hate san.....whatever the hell his name is. if this keeps up he will go far but he will not win, cause everyone else who is aware he sucks and whos voting for other people and not him will unite and the other person will win. (yes, i have thought this through)
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
haha, I totally didn't notice it was Brad Garrett — even after I rewound to get another look at the sign! Thanks, guys.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Did you see crying girl? there is the most vicious attack on the msn homepage from msnbc about how it was staged and stuff, lol. ------------------------------------------------------ "If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate" Elbert Hubbard
Kate26 Kate26 10 years
The person in the audience with the Clay sign WAS Brad Garrett, along with the cast of his new show. :)
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
I liked her... but i would always forget her by the end of the night. DAMN THAT SANJAYA. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
MaggieMae, I was with you: I thought it would be Gina or Phil who went. Sanjaya's "fan" base is, unfortunately, keeping him in. Now that he's in the top 10 and will be included in the tour, will they back off; surely they don't think he can win!
elynette elynette 10 years
Last night proved that there was no higher power in our existence. How can Sanjaya NOT be in the bottom 3... HOW is Sanjaya in the top 10... I'm convinced he's made a pact with the devil... mmmmhmmm ------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Ho silver....Awwwwwaaaaaaaaayyyy!!
starturtle44 starturtle44 10 years
i think the clay aiken sign was brad garret being "funny"
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
Poor Steph! I really liked her. That little guy Sanjaya--I have no words.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
I was so wrong on my Idol prediction! I thought it would be Phil or Gina. LOL- Peter Noone as a muppet. With that hair he is more like a fraggel. :P I kept hearing the Fraggle Rock theme song when he sang.
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
Aw, I adore Timberfake. I hope he doesn't get booted too early. He's definitely more talented than some of the other Idol wannabes!
t_hive88 t_hive88 10 years
Me either!
mandyjean mandyjean 10 years
wow me either. I think this was a bad choice... there are a few other people that deserved to go before her.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I cant believe Chris R was in the bottom two!! :(
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